Swansea City chief Michael Laudrup will be sleeping a little less easy, after his Capital One Cup holders got off to a stinker against Manchester United and the 8/1 about him being the first Premier League manager to leave his post is an interesting price.
While the 4-1 score-line flattered the champions, the Swans never looked likely to win and failed to trouble David De Gea’s goal during a decent spell of possession at 0-0.
Swansea failed to find the net in 16 league games last season and with striker Wilfried Bony and attacking midfielder John-Joe Shelvey arriving at the Liberty Stadium for a combined £20m this summer, Laudrup will be under pressure to get some points to show for that outlay, with Tottenham up next in the league at White Hart Lane.
The Denmark legend has not completed a second season as manager of any club since leaving Brondby after four seasons in 2006 – leaving Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Mallorca in his wake.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew – whose team are evens to overcome Manchester City with a two-goal head-start in their first game of the season – is still favourite at 4/1 to be the first man out, but there will be other managers watching their backs after a pulsating top-flight opening weekend.
Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland should have taken all three points against Fulham at the Stadium of Light, after dominating for long periods and seeing new-signings Ondrej Celustka and Jozy Altidore denied by Cottagers debutant Maarten Stekelenburg in goal, but Pajtim Kasami’s 52nd minute header gave the visitors a 1-0 win, leaving the former Swindon Town boss to brood on those missed chances.
The fiery Italian is 6/1 second-favourite to vacate the Black Cats hot-seat before another Premier League manager is shown the door and his side will have to be sharpen-up for their trips to opening-day victors Southampton and newly-promoted Crystal Palace if Di Canio is to survive at the Wearside club, who have gone through seven managers in the last 10 years.